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Villanova Football Coach Andy Talley to Retire after 2016 Season

Villanova PA: There is time in sports where things and an era do come to an end and time to move on to the future and that is what is about to take place at Villanova University for their football program.

On Wednesday afternoon, Villanova President Father Peter Donohue & Director of Athletics Mark Jackson would announced at a press conference that football coach Andy Talley will retire at the end of the 2016 season and Mark Ferrante, longtime Wildcats assistant coach, will succeed Talley and become Villanova’s 30th head coach starting in 2017.  During his 31 years as head coach at Villanova, Andy Talley record currently stands at 221-133-1. During his Wildcat career, Talley has guided Villanova to 11 NCAA playoff appearances, six conference championships, three Lambert Meadowlands Cups, three ECAC Team of the Year awards, three national semifinal appearances and the 2009 national championship.

Andy Talley
“It has been a privilege to be the head football coach at Villanova University for the last 31 years. The Villanova administration has always been forward thinking and supportive as we built the program to a national level, Academics, character and achievement on the field has always been the foundation upon which we built the program. As we move into my final season, the future is bright.  I am proud of all of our players past and present, as well as the assistant coaches that have worked with me. I am thrilled that Mark Ferrante will be taking over as head coach. He has a great understanding of the program and is committed to the Villanova student-athlete philosophy. I look forward to next season and to work with Mark and our staff to ensure a smooth transition.”

“From the moment I arrived on campus, Andy has provided me with wonderful friendship and counsel in all areas of the department,” said Jackson. “I look forward to continuing to lean on him throughout this transition with football and beyond. We are both in complete agreement on having Mark Ferrante take over the reins of the football program and build upon the impressive foundation that Andy has established.”

New Coach Mark Ferrante
“I would like to thank President Father Peter Donohue and his administration, our Athletic Director Mark Jackson, and obviously Coach Talley for having the faith and confidence in me to become the next head coach of this great football program,” said Ferrante. “I am extremely honored and privileged to be given the opportunity to be Andy Talley’s successor. I will be forever grateful to Coach for not only convincing me to get into the profession of college coaching, but for having the belief in me to lead this fine program that he built from scratch.”

Some facts about Mark Ferrante, he has been Villanova assistant for the last 29 years, including 17 seasons as the program’s Assistant Head Coach. Ferrante has coached 11 All-East performers, 15 first team All-Conference players, three All-Americans and a second round NFL draft pick. He has also helped guide the Wildcats to 11 NCAA playoff berths, six conference titles, three national semifinal appearances and the 2009 National Championship.

In December, 2015, Ferrante was named the FCS Assistant Coach of the Year by The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).

Brian Westbrook

Andy Talley